It’s Not Our Fault

… really?  yes!  Really …

give em a frame of context Jilly.

This is a book club review.  But first a word from our sponsor.  Me …

I hate the blame game – abhor it actually.  A major pet peeve.  Accountability is key!  Of course I have taken accountability to an extreme.  I blame myself for everything.  I am RESPONSIBLE!  Well me and the makers of Aquanet.  Hole in the zone … from too much hair spray in the 80s …  That was us!!

But I digress.

I just finished reading “the Obesity Code, Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” by Jason Fung.  Now what makes me think his advice is any better than another.  I mean weight loss is a billion dollar enterprise.  And as always, everyone has an opinion.  The so called experts often contradict each other … more often than not.  Again I sit with analysis paralysis. What I do know is time is required.  No magic or hocus pocus. And why do I like Jason?  Because he tells us it’s not our fault.

I think back about my diet from my younger days when I was stick thin.  Food was an after thought.  I never ate breakfast that I can recall.  Lunch was the bread part of my sandwich, a bag of chips, and piece of fruit.  And always ate a sensible dinner which back in the 70s consisted of some kind of meat, potatoes and canned vegetable. At every single meal we had bread and butter.  When I didn’t like the meat option which was often, I ate bread and butter.  Bread of the Rainbow or Buttercrust variety.  And the butter was really Parkay – oleo.  The crappy artificial stuff.

Why was I not fat???  Was it because I walked everywhere?  Played outside until the street lights came on?  Jason says no.  It’s not about calories in and out.  We need to eat the right calories (and enough of them) at the correct time.  Re-set our thermostats.  And I have a bridge to sell ya.  Or not.

Jason’s answer is intermittent fasting.  He maintains we’ve been told what to eat but not when.  His idea is simple.  Nothing processed and no snacks.  Three meals is enough people.  Grandma had it right.  Snacking makes us fat.  Mindless eating when we are not even hungry.

At the very end of the book Jason gives us two seven day meal plans around a 24 or 36 hour fast.  I will try the 24 hour variety since it most resembles my childhood eating pattern.  Every night I will eat today’s version of a home cooked sensible dinner.  Breakfast will be every other day and of the petite variety like the French.  Lunch will also be every other day.  Homemade goodness.  I think I can do this!

Might sound like another scam.  Too good to be true.  And what do I care about love handles anyway.  Enough body shaming.  This is about health.  Even if I do not drop a single lb. I hope my symptoms will subside.


JDub’s Review of “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner

A mystery suspense story told in alternating chapters named for the person providing her POV.

D.D. The detective

Flora the confidential informer

Evie the suspect

With lots of interesting minor characters mixed in. Fast pace, hard to put down, my first … this is #10 in a series. I’ll definitely read more from Lisa Gardner.

Did Evie do it? You’ll have to read it to see. I give a solid 4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️. Goodreads rating 4.2.

As always more to come.

J-Dub’s Review of “a spark of light” by Jodi Picoult

Before I start, I’m taking a detour.  I assumed I had read most if not all of Jodi’s books.  The jacket of “a spark of light” contained the list of all her works to include two YA novels I had not heard of until now.  I’m only 1/2 way through her list which I moved to my Goodreads TBR queue.  I am giddy with anticipation.

Now for the review which will contain zero spoilers.

This story primarily takes place in a single day with some references to events before and after which serve to provide understand of the characters motives.  In reverse chronological order, we tick back hour by hour to the beginning.

What she typically does with flair and fashion is provide both sides of a debatable subject without judgment.  Always diligently researched, she presents just the facts jack.  Then we, the readers get to decide.

This novel is an example of ripped from the headlines with a contemporary subject matter but not sensationalized for rating.  Packs an emotional punch with characters I could relate to in a very intimate way.  Not because I experienced same but because some things are simply universal.  What it means to be a woman in today’s society.  Choices and consequences.

I filled up my common place book with quotes.  I gave this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.  The Goodreads rating is 3.67.  I am in the minority of liking this book. Still I suggest you read and see for yourself.

As always, more to come.

J-Dub’s Review of “Beautiful Bad: A Novel” by Annie Ward

The story was alright until the awful ending. Real life doesn’t work that way. Or maybe it does? While I know this is fiction, but the ending seemed far fetched with no closure. In the tradition of “Gone Girl”

I did enjoy the work backwards chronological telling until the day of … the after the day of read like a post script. Nice going. For that I rated 3 stars ✨ This book has 3.7 stars ✨ on Goodreads. There’s worse ways to spend your time.

As always more to come.

J-Dub’s Review of “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

From the jacket – Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

No spoilers.  Plots and sub-plots.  Haves and have nots. Putting on facade for others.  Lost dreams.  Choices.  It’s all in there.  Despite the ending being a little too unrealistic (can’t explain more or I’d spoil it), I enjoyed this book and rated it 4 of 5 stars.  Goodreads over rating is 4.12 as of 6/2/19.  Okay, now I am really done. 🙂

As always, more to come.

J-Dub’s Review of “She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire” by Kathryn Casey

I read this book because I was in between and the story happened to take place in and around Austin Texas. I always enjoy reading something when I know the landmarks. However my enjoyment stops there since true crime is no longer a favorite genre of mine. I used you read books by Ann Rule in the same way someone might pop through a cartridge of Pez candy. Not any longer. Through therapy I learned not to read anything that makes me anxious. I’ve reduced medical journals as well. One day I’ll just keel over. It’s better that way. But I jest. Kind of, sort of, maybe.

I can summarize this true life event in a six word story …

Greedy bitch did it for money!

Her poor girls. Actually poor everyone who crossed her path. Something was missing inside. No soul. And that’s if you believe the prosecution… and I do.

I rate 3 stars. Goodreads overall is at 4.09 stars.

As always more to come.

J-Dub’s Review of “After Anna” by Lisa Scottoline

– No Spoilers –

postpartum, divorce, custody, childhood apraxia, trust funds, high school, relationships, infidelity, murder, womens’ friendships, trial/court system, prison corruption, sex trafficking, emergency rescues, and the list goes on …

I read this book cover to cover in one day. You might think that would make it “unputdownable” but nope. It was an easy read with short chapters titled before and after with the name of the character who’s voice in which the story was told. There were twists and turns which I expect for a psychological thriller but by the end, there was simply way too much going on. Any of the topics could have been made into a book of its’ own. The ending was way too hokey. Tied up in a pretty pink bow. Recommended read though.  I have read worse. I rated 3 of 5 stars, Goodread’s rating is 3.93 of 5 stars.

As always, more to come.

J-Dub’s Review of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

The story is well known by now.  In fact, there is a TV series based on the book which has won some awards and got people talking.  I don’t have anything to add that would spoil the story for someone who has yet to read it.

High level, the setting is after the 2nd civil war in what was formerly the US. Exactly where is unknown (at least I could not figure out, I think maybe northeast by not even sure why).  The story is about class – stations in life and what once was … are things better after the war?  Depends on who you ask.  Women are treated despicably which is why I will never watch the show.

One thing to read about horrors and visualize in my minds eye but watching someone else’s cinematic version is quite another thing.  Still I read as I have always been drawn to dystopian fiction.  To me, there is no better escape than a departure from “real” life.  I’m boring and mundane.  Stories like these take me away and let my imagination go.  Makes me feel better about my own reality because for whatever it is worth, it is not like that.

If this genre is your cuppa tea, you’ll likely enjoy.  I rated 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads.  The overall rating by the masses is 4.09.

As always, more to come.